|The Neuromuscular Junction||
A computer-based, interactive tutorial to teach the essential physiology and pharmacology to undergraduate students
By: David Dewhurst, Godfrey Collins and Imran Shafiq
This highly interactive CBL program is designed to teach the essential physiology and pharmacology of the neuromuscular junction. It is intended for first or second year undergraduate students of medicine, physiology, pharmacology and biological sciences. Some sections may also be appropriate for health-related courses. It is suitable for primary learning, revision or as a resource to support other types of teaching. It should occupy students for 3-4 hours of study.
Learning Objectives: after working through this program students should be able to:
Content: the program is divided into several sections:
Introduction: gives an overview of content and approach of the program;
Neuromuscular Transmission: uses animated stepwise sequences to describe synthesis of acetylcholine, transmitter release mechanisms, action of acetylcholine at receptors and transmitter inactivation;
Acetylcholine Receptors: describes the function of and action of acetylcholine at both pre- and post-synaptic nicotinic receptors;
Pharmacology: gives examples of, and describes the characteristics and mechanism of action of depolarising and non-depolarising neuromuscular blocking agents and anticholinesterases;
Clinical Aspects: covers the clinical use of neuromuscular blocking agents and anticholinesterases (particularly for treatment of myaesthenia gravis). This section describes how depth of blockade may be monitored, and the pharmacokinetics, characteristics, side-effects and drug interactions of clinically used drugs.
The approach is to combine succinct textual/factual descript-ions with graphics and to use features such as animation and hotwords where appropriate. Hotwords function either to define terms which may be unfamiliar to the student or to provide additional, sometimes more detailed or advanced information. Some experimental data, which illustrates the different actions of neuromuscular blocking agents in animal models, is also used. The program contains numerous self-assessment questions e.g. multiple choice and true/false questions with feedback, drag and drop exercises (to test e.g. knowledge of stepwise sequences), and clinically-related scenarios. These are designed primarily to promote and reinforce learning rather than to test students. Learning by this method is non-intimidating, is independent of time and place, may be self-paced and may take place either individually or in small groups.
Language Versions: English
Recommended System Requirements:
Price: £250 (multiuser, educational license)
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